Mid-Session Update

Although I have been very busy at the Capitol, I have also been traveling around my district quite a bit.  I was part of a Town Hall in El Jebel on February 1st focused on health care insurance rates in mountain communities.

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and I in El Jebel.

I was also part of a discussion in Paonia on February 8th which was a discussion about the mine idlings in the area and was well-attended.

Reeves Brown, Director of the Dept. of Labor and Employment and I in Paonia.

The next day I was able to discuss wildfire matters in Frisco.

Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs (left), U.S. Senator Mark Udall (center) and I in Frisco.

On February 12th, my bill, HB14-1085 which ensures revenue from the sale of 10th Mountain Division license plates goes to 10th Mountain Foundation; passed 12-0 in the House Transportation Committee.

These dedicated folks visited the capitol to testify on HB14-1085 in the House Transportation Committee (left to right):
Benjamin Little, Howie Mallory, Denise Taylor, myself, Tom Hames (Chairman, Board of Directors; 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc.), Bjorn Dahl and Gregory Kyle seen in authentic 10th Mountain World War II gear.

On February 20th I was very pleased to have Jessica Coffin, one of my young constituents from Lake County High School shadow me during the Gifted and Talented Shadow Program's day at the Capitol.

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (left), Jessica Coffin (right) and I.

On the same day I was extremely honored to introduce the Student Success Act with Representative Carole Murray and Senator Mike Johnston.


Leadville Town Hall

Date: March 7th, 2014

Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Colorado Mountain College, Leadville Campus
                 Pinnacle Resource Center (Room 317)
                 901 S. Highway 24
                 Leadville, CO 80461

Special guests: Leadville's Mayor Jamie Stuever and Sen. Gail Schwartz.

As always, please let me know if you would like information about an event or if you have an invitation you would like to share. For more information, please visit my website at or email me at
February Legislative Update:

HB14-1008: Allow CWRPDA Private Entity Forest Health Loans. Passed the Senate on third reading on 2/26
HB14-1018: Tax profile & Expenditure Report. Passed the Senate on third reading on 2/24.
HB14-1007: Prohib. Ag Burning Fire Danger & Restrict Fireworks. Passed the House on third reading on 2/14.
HB14-1021: Highway Restriction Violation Penalties. Passed the Senate Transportation Committee on 2/25.
HB14-1089: 10th Mountain Division License Plate Qualification. Unanimously passed the House Appropriations Committee on 2/28
HB14-1010: Corrections to Prescribed Burning Program Laws. Passed the Senate on third reading on 2/24.
HB14-1182: Public Ed Accountability 2015-16 School Year. Passed the House Education Committee on 2/26.

New Bills I sponsored in February:

HB14-1208: Authorizing Multi-District Administrative Units
HB14-1292: The Student Success Act
HB14-1298: Financing of Public Schools
SB14-097:   Immunities Pub. Agencies INS Wildfire
SB14-150:   School Counselor Corps. Grant Program
Senate Joint Resolution 14-017: National Fish Hatcheries
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